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Greens welcome AFL move on pokies

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Richard Di Natale 18 May 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today welcomed reports that the AFL has offered to help clubs sell off their holdings in pokies.

“The AFL has made the right call in offering to help their clubs get out of the pokies industry,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The AFL has demonstrated once again that it is a leader among the sporting codes, especially in comparison to the NRL, which joined with Clubs Australia’s deceptive and misleading campaign against pokies reform.

“I’ve spoken with a number of club presidents who don’t want their clubs to profit from misery of problem gamblers but clearly there is some disagreement between clubs.

“The North Melbourne Football Club in particular needs to be congratulated for its decision to ditch pokies revenue. I know other clubs are considering following suit and its time for them to step up to the mark.

“I hope all clubs take up the AFL’s offer and use this opportunity to get out of an industry that takes most of its revenue from the battlers who turn up to support their team every week and are the heart and soul of the competition.”

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